Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Magic - Ragged Gold 180g vinyl pre-order

The Magic's debut album, Ragged Gold, is out next month and will come on 180g heavy weight vinyl, complete with a free album download.

You can pre-order via our shop > HALF MACHINE SHOP (Orders will ship before, or on, 25th June. A little later in the shops)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

The Magic - 'Mr Hollywood (Sandro Perri Remix)'

Prefix Magazine premiered the brand new Sandro Perri remix of The Magic's 'Mr Hollywood'

"Fraternal Canadian electro duo The Magic have only put out two songs so far, but they already occupy an musical island all their own. First single "Mr. Hollywood" is equal parts 70s spy flick theme and bayou-burning early Dr. John, but takes on a wholly different quality in the reimagining of Sandro Perri. The prolific Toronto native's soundscapes are as surreal and vivid as the cover to his excellent 2011 album Impossible Spaces. His remix of "Mr. Hollywood" brings the trucking tempo of the original to a slither, a digital lounge with mandolin and analog synths juxtaposed. Perri's sonic vision is on par with producers like Jon Brion, and with material as inventive as The Magic's to work with, he has produced something special."

Monday, 21 May 2012

Sam Willis - 45 minute Boiler Room mix

Sam Willis, one half of Kompakt's Walls, was part of a Boiler Room takeover recently. You can download, watch and/ or stream his 45 minute set below.

Monday, 7 May 2012

The Magic, a look back and a thrust in to the future...

Here at Half Machine we've been lucky enough to release some brilliant records over the past 7 years by bands that have gone on to bigger and better things, which pleases us no end. Real Estate released their debut album on Domino last year, Banjo or Freakout released his on Memphis Industries and two albums via Kompakt as part of Walls (who first met when we commissioned THIS remix), Woods continue to release amazing music via their own Woodsist label, MIT released their second album on V2 and so on.

Last year we released two albums - the second album by Floridian psych-pop band Holiday Shores (which you can hear in full HERE) and a reissue of 'The Ann Steel Album' by Roberto Cacciapaglia. If you're wondering what a 1979 bizarro pop record made by a left-field electronic composer who was an associate of Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh sounded like, listen HERE.

We still have a handful of The Ann Steel Album reissue in our shop, along with a few other bits and pieces, including some Half Machine tote bags (fancy, I know). Check them out in our SHOP

We have two records coming up this year, the first of which is by Canadian pop alchemist's The Magic. 'Ragged Gold' is released worldwide on 25th June 2012, and is an effervescent pop record influenced by the joyful pop of Phoenix, the white funk of Talking Heads, the studio soul of Hall & Oates and a thousand weird European pop records. You can hear the debut single 'Mr Hollywood', a soulful disco pop hit about the double lives of closeted gay actors, such as Rock Hudson, HERE, alongside the mournful slow burning b-side 'Never Lock The Door'.

You can 'like' The Magic on Facebook, just head on over to them via this link - - when they get to 500 likes (we were slow starters on the whole Facebook pages thing) we're going to pick 5 people at random to win a copy of their debut LP.

We'll tell you more on the second album we're releasing another time. It's very exciting and quite different to what we've done previously...

If you'd like to 'like' us on Facebook, you can do so here -

Thursday, 3 May 2012

The Magic - 'Never Lock The Door'

'Never Lock The Door', the b-side to The Magic's debut single is available to stream via Soundcloud below.

The Magic on Facebook